Scholarships for Persons with Disabilities

Unless otherwise noted, the Office of Special Scholarship Programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) does not administer or sponsor the programs listed on its website. The content of these pages are merely a guide for current undergraduate and professional school students at UIC. Deadlines are subject to change without notice, and for questions or contact information, please refer to the website that the short description is linked to. This webpage also does not represent an exhaustive list of awards in this area.

Deadline varies or is not available:

CF Care Forward Scholarship | Abbott Labs - for undergraduate and graduate students living with cystic fibrosis who are pursuing higher education; forty (40) awards of $2,500 each, with the opportunity to be chosen for one of two Thriving Student awards (one for undergraduate level, one for graduate level)

The Geoffrey Foundation Scholarships - for students who are deaf or hard of hearing and utilizing an auditory/verbal approach to communication will receive varying amount of award. Please note: you must contact the foundation via telephone or postal mail. They do not have a website. Their telephone number is (207) 967-5798 and their address is P.O. Box 1112, Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine, 04046-1112.

Hydrocephalus Association Scholarships - for students 17 and older with hydrocephalus; funds must be used for an educational purpose: a four-year or junior college, a high school post-graduate year to prepare for college, technical or trade school, an accredited employment-training program or a post-graduate program; scholarship may be used for tuition, books, housing or an expense directly related to the education experience

Immune Deficiency Foundation Scholarships - scholarships to undergraduate students living with primary immunodeficiency diseases who plan on completing their secondary education

Lilly Reintegration Scholarship - awards to students who are diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizophreniform, schizoaffective disorder, or bipolar type I disorder; pays for educational opporutnities such as: high school equivalency programs, trade or vocational school programs, associate degrees, bachelors' degrees or graduate degrees






Foundation for Science and Disability Science Student Grant Fund - available to fourth year undergraduates (who have been accepted to graduate or professional school) and graduate students who have a disability; must be a U.S. citizen; awards of $1000 each will be made to college or university students for some special purpose in connection with a science project or thesis in any field of Mathematics, Science, Medicine, Engineering, or Computer Science



Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired William and Dorothy Ferrell Scholarship - two awards for legally blind students studying at the post-secondary level for a career in the field of services to persons who are blind or visually impaired. Please note: this scholarship is award every other year (during even-numbered years). Contact the association office for more questions at (703) 671-4500 or by email at

ChairScholars Foundation Scholarship - awarded to high school seniors and college undergrads whose disability leaves them physically challenged and may be "chair-confined"; the physical challenge must be significant, no minor disabilities; awards of up to $20,000 to pay college tuition


Alexander Graham Bell College Scholarship Awards Program - several scholarships for deaf and hard of hearing undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees at mainstream universities; awards range from $1,000-$10,000

American Council of the Blind Scholarship - Approximately 20 scholarships ranging in amounts from $1,000-$2,500 to vocational, entering freshmen, undergraduate and graduate college students who are legally blind, maintain a 3.3 GPA and are involved in their school/local community. Please note: this award does not currently have an active page on the council website; it probably goes up when the competition opens in December. You can contact the Council National Headquarters in the meantime at: (202) 467-5081 or (800) 424-8666

Council of Citizens with Low Vision International Fred Scheigert Scholarship Program - three (3) awards of $3000 each available to full-time college students with low vision, chosen from among those who meet the visual acuity and academic guidelines

Incight Scholarship - awards for students with a documented disability (can be physical, learning, cognitive); funding to assist students paying for full-time attendance at a trade school, college or university

National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program - thirty (3) awards ranging between $3000-$12,000 given nationally to legally blind students pursuing a full-time, post-secondary degree

Shire Biopharmaceuticals ADHD Scholarship Program - twenty-five (25) awards of $2,000 and one year of ADHD coaching services given to students either entering or currently attending college who have been diagnosed with ADHD and are under the care of a licensed health care provider; must be a legal resident of the U.S.

Spina Bifida Assocation of America Scholarship Program - up to six (6) awards of $2,000 each given to students with spina bifida who are pursuing a higher education


American Foundation for the Blind Scholarships - Group of multiple scholarships for various fields for undergraduate and graduate students who are legally blind. Award descriptions are listed on the foundation's scholarships page

Blind Veterans Association Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship - for the dependents (e.g. children and spouses) of veterans who have a documented sight impairment or are legally blind

Christian Record Services Scholarship - partial scholarships for students considered legally blind (up to 20/200 with correction) attending an undergraduate institution full-time; student must secure training that will enable self-support and independence while at school

Colburn-Keenan Foundation | Beth Carew Memorial Scholarship Program - offered to ten (10) undergraduate students with bleeding disorders attending colleges or universities in the United States; awards in the amount of $4,000 per student per year; offered on a one-year basis to help students with costs associated with obtaining a higher education degree

Gallaudet University Alumni Association Graduate Fellowship Fund - used to provide financial assistance to deaf graduates of Gallaudet University and other accredited colleges and universities in pursuit of graduate study at colleges and universities for people who hear normally

Hemophilia Federation of America Educational Scholarships - ten awards of $1,500 each to promising students in the bleeding disorders community

Patient Advocate Foundation Scholarships for Suvivors - twelve (12) awards of $3,000 each given to students under the age of 25 who are survivors/current patients of a diagnosis of cancer or a critical or life threatening disease

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults Scholarship Program - awards for individuals 15 and older who have either gone through cancer treatment, are currently undertaking cancer treatment, or were affected by the diagnosis and treatment of a parent or guardian


Chicago Lighthouse Scholarship - awards to visually impaired, legally blind, totally blind or multi-disabled college students; priority is given to students who reside in Illinois and in the greater Chicago area (southern Wisconsin, northwest Indiana). Awards range between $1000-$5000

La Sertoma Rose Runzler Memorial Scholarship Program - award of $500 to a visually handicapped student who has completed or in the process of completing a bachelor's degree and has declared intent to continue graduate study leading to professional competence (e.g. law, education, medicine)


National Hemophilia Foundation Kevin Child Scholarship - award given to an individual diagnosed with hemophilia A or B; must be a high school senior, with aspirations of attending an institute of higher education (college, university or vocational-technical school) or a current college student already pursuing a post secondary education

JustWalkers Mobility Scholarship -award of $1,000 to a physically handicapped student who regularly uses a wheelchair, power scooter, crutches, rollator or other mobility device


Soozie Courter Hemophilia Scholarship Program - awards for undergraduates ($2,500 each) and graduate students ($4,000 each) who have been diagnosed with Hemophilia A or B